REGARDING Robert Seaton’s point (Letters, 19 May) that the Earl of Elgin was not the most prominent descendant of Robert the Bruce, surely the Earl of Elgin is not even a direct descendant of the Bruce?
I am reminded that when his name appeared in our local newspaper some years ago he was described as a “collateral descendant”, whatever that is.
Perhaps one of The Scotsman’s readers could clarify?
Regarding Mr Seaton’s comments on meritocracy, I would wholeheartedly agree. The opinions of Jock Bruce, the man who sells the Big Issue in any Scottish town, are just as valid as his kinsman who lives in Broomhall.